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California governor extends state's landmark climate change law


The measures in the most populous US state would extend by 10 years California's main greenhouse gas reduction program and beef up oversight of the state agency charged with implementing it. Brown said at the bill's signing in a park in Los Angeles. But Nielsen said Brown's office has "turned a blind eye" in moving ahead with climate-change legislation, calling it a "shocking contradiction to the clear legal opinion provided by the Legislature's own attorney".

To meet the ambitious goals laid out in the new legislation, the state plans to ramp up renewable electricity use, boost energy efficiency in existing buildings, and put 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road, explained the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

"These bills represent a commitment to carrying California's leadership through the next couple of decades, leading the world towards creating a more sustainable economy", said Tim Frank, director of the Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods in Berkeley, who flew down for the bill signing event.

The legislation is an expansion of a 2006 law that set a goal of reducing climate-changing pollutants to 1990 levels by 2020. Fran Pavely, D-Agoura Hills, and Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, who authored the two measures.

"California is showing the world how we can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect vulnerable communities from the health and environmental impacts of carbon pollution and make meaningful investments in our clean energy future", he said.

"S.B.32 extends California's landmark greenhouse-gas reduction goals".




The governor, who has traveled the world promoting greenhouse-gas reduction efforts, issued an executive order past year setting the 2030 goals contained in SB32.

The law doesn't address the cap-and-trade program, which requires companies that spew greenhouse gases to buy pollution permits that are auctioned quarterly. Brown chose an urban natural park on the edge of downtown Los Angeles as his setting to sign the legislation into law on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Ten years after the state adopted the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Gov.

The new measures will increase California's efforts to curb climate change and limit pollution.

Business will likely face more restrictive rules, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In the past year, the Governor has traveled to the United Nations headquarters in NY, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Vatican in Italy and the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Canada to call on other leaders to join California in the fight against climate change.

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